It is hard this time of year not to get the winter blues. I have lived in Missoula almost my entire life, so I can attest to how rare it is to see the sun in the winter. This one seems to be the exception to that rule. I have accumulated a few tricks for beating the blues over the past few years. Here is the list of my top five blues beaters…

  • Play Like a Kid

    Go sledding, build a snowman, have a snowball fight or go ice skating. I have a sneaking suspicion this could be why kids don’t get the winter blues. They are too busy having fun.

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  • Cook With a Crock-Pot

    Nothing tastes better or gives you more of a comforting feeling, than eating a warm meal that’s been cooking all day. The bonus is, it makes your house smell great.

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  • Get Outside

    I know it seems weird, but it works. Catch what little vitamin D you can get from that beautiful sun. Vitamin D levels drop in winter months, so get what you can.

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  • Get Some Exercise

    Exercise of any sort raises your endorphins and helps to improve your mood. You could shovel snow, run on a treadmill, move your furniture… the possibilities are endless. The important thing is to just do something.

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  • Do Something for Someone Else

    Nothing makes you feel better than helping someone else out. Shovel your neighbors walk. Plow your neighbor’s driveway. Make dinner for a friend. Doing something for someone else gets your mind off of you.

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